AWS - Los Angeles Acting School - Faculty and Staff
Fran’s small, intimate classes allow for individualized and personal teaching. His teaching style is based on the famed Meisner Technique, as taught by the late Edward Kaye-Martin. Students receive the intensity and attention of a private acting coach in a group setting, and gain feedback from Fran to enhance their strengths and transcend their limitations. His reputation lies in finding and breaking actors’ blocks to discover the vein of gold that brings their work to life. The Work here includes more than classes and training, but also personal coaching, career planning, industry networking, talent showcases, and steady rehearsals and performances.
Fran Montano first arrived in Los Angeles over 25 years ago. He booked steady television roles on shows such as ER, Melrose Place, The Nanny, Married With Children, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Sunset Beach, Becker, and many more. He was a series regular on the Showtime series Laughs and appeared in numerous films and commercials. He has performed in countless stage productions, and is well established in the Los Angeles independent theater and film communities, having been recognized with Artistic Director Achievement awards from the Los Angeles Valley Theater League, multiple Drama-Logue Awards, two Telly Awards, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and an Emmy.
Fran's background in acting, producing, theater and film makes him an ideal resource for actors in Los Angeles to find their own way toward authenticity and success in their craft and careers.
Armed with a passion for teaching and a weakness for Meisner, Irene Muzzy has been inspired by working for Fran Montano at The Actors Workout for three years. Irene has been working in Los Angeles as an actor, choreographer, director and teacher for 25 years.
She has taught and directed for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theater of Arts, Alexia Robinson, and Andrew Benne, at both Moment to Moment and The Los Angeles Acting Studio.
She likes to work with actors who fully commit and prepare for every opportunity, which allows them to develop
their full self and their personal qualities become part of their work.
Andrew Benne has been coaching an impressive list of working actors for 25 years. His endless commitment to his work, and a genuine love for teaching, has earned him a reputation among actors that is unequaled in this industry.
As an actor, he has appeared in several films and television shows, and numerous commercials. He has directed Equity-waiver productions, and won two Dramalogue awards and an L.A. Weekly Critics Choice award. Having
already studied with several prominent teachers - including Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Paul Sills, Anthony Morina, and Sandy Marshall - Andrew began studying under veteran teacher Edward Kaye-Martin, where he met Fran Montano. In 2001 he opened The Andrew Benne Studio, a thirty-five seat Equity-waiver Theater and acting studio in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, where colleague Irene Muzzy also taught for several years.
In 2009 Andrew and his team joined the Actors Workout. Fran and Andrew were working together again, both discovering what each of them had done with the work in 20 years: This synergy is what is now known as the
Actor's Workout Studio, a boutique acting studio that is in the business of transforming actors’ lives and careers,
one actor at a time. He is currently living in San Diego, continuing to teach the Actors Workout Experience.
Born in Florida, Rickie recently came to Los Angeles after spending most of his life in the Washington, DC area,
where he taught acting at the Creative Freedom Arts Studio.
He is both a Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association’s member, whose background includes a recurring
role on General Hospital and appearances in plays such as CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY, FENCES, RADIO GOLF, THE OLD SETTLER, PORGY & BESS, THE MEETING, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, MEMBER OF
THE WEDDING, THE EXONERATED and HOODOO LOVE at the Complex Theatre.
Rickie is also a writer and director, having produced his own play, Obamanologues, Journey to the White House,
here at AWS. He's been an active member of the AWS community for the past five years.
Stephanie has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and in the spring of 2016, Arcade Publishing
will release her debut novel, Oil and Marble.
Stephanie has four feature films under option with directors and talent attached, and as a television producer and
writer, her shows have won NAACP Image Awards (Tavis Smiley on PBS) and have been nominated for a
primetime Emmy (The Writers’ Room with Jim Rash on the Sundance Channel).
Stephanie Storey leads the Writers Group workshop that meets every Sunday morning.
Julia Henning is the theater administrator here at the Actors Workout Studio. An actress herself, Julia
combines her passion for acting with her administrative experience, making sure that the studio runs smoothly in
every aspect. She manages our office, social media sites and theater communications.
Born and raised in Detroit, Julia went on to earn a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago. It was here she fully immersed herself in the opportunites Chicago had to offer; studying at Second City, getting involved with store front theatre, independent film, and making a name for herself in the new media world. Ready for a new adventure and equipped with the skills to do so, Julia made her way to LA. Flowing tresses of hair and round cheeks, Julia loves to learn and offers a down to earth approach to everything she does.